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  1. :o :o :o OMG! - "Only a dog"! Our dog is the 5th member of our family, he's not as important as one of the kids, but he comes damn close. If you were my father and I heard you say this, I'd voluntarily hand myself over to social services.
  2. Many happy returns gents, hope it's been a great day. :)
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    I don't send cards. For the simple reason that I just can't be arsed. However.... Wishing you a happy Yuletide. :) A.
  4. What's the difference between Alex Ferguson and Joe McElderry? Alex Ferguson will probably be playing Giggs next year. (Soz!) A.
  5. Rage Against The Machine is the official 2009 Christmas #1!!! Up yours Cowell!
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    I take your point Nick and I can see where you're coming from but I don't believe this card is aimed specifically at children. And I don't believe that kids will take it in the way in which you portrayed it. Nobody's calling names or having a pop at anybody here - it's just gentle ribbing which is tame by modern schoolyard standards. Kids probably hear and give far worse jibes every day. I've seen some hilarious Christmas card designs which would never dare go on sale! Click here (SO not safe for work!) Regards, A.
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    I'm a strong supporter of political correctness because in it's true sense, it stands up for what is right and just. The thing is, I feel that the term has been abused. We live in a society where there's a burgeoning culture of martyrdom and playing the victim. Being thin skinned is slowly turning into a lingering malady. Even if you're not offended, there's a ready queue of bitterness and rage ready to be offended on your behalf. Whether you want them to be or not. Does this mean that we constantly have to tiptoe around, wondering who we'll upset just because we may have breached their line of softly-softly? Would we be happy to see music, art, film, drama and comedy be reduced to some safe, anodyne, wholesome 1950's style family entertainment at the expense of boundaries being pushed, difficult stories being told and irony tickling our funny bones? Somehow, I don't think so.
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    Somebody I know once argued that red hair / ginger jokes are on a par with racist jokes. I asked them to produce historical evidence of red haired people being forced into slavery, treated as second class and used as scapegoats for many of society's ills like many ethnic minorities have been. They couldn't. Racist jokes are understandably wrong for these reasons but all jokes have someone or something as the butt of them.
  9. I've just taken a look at Barack Obama's Jorg Gray Chronometer (as mentioned in the article) and I can't say that I care for it that much. :huh:
  10. Some of the comments at the bottom made me smile! :) http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/dec/14/men-wristwatches
  11. Simon Cowell has clearly been rattled by this plot. He's reported to have said: "I think it's quite a cynical campaign geared at me that is actually going to spoil the party for these three." This statement suggests it's the automatic right of whoever wins The X Factor to be at the coveted Christmas No 1 slot. His arrogance knows no bounds, it would seem. I'll be buying it from three different online sites. Even if the campaign is unsuccessful, three pounds is worth it just for the attempt to smash a metaphorical fist into Cowell's smug, loathsome face. A.
  12. F**k all. We don't bother with presents for each other. Christmas is for children and Christians.
  13. Sister of Night: Depeche Mode (Ultra) From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea: The Cure (Wish) Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons: The Pixies (Trompe le Monde) Guest List: Eels (Beautiful Freak) Still Ill - Live: The Smiths (Rank)
  14. Most of ITV1's output is embarrassingly cringeworthy.
  15. I remember my Grandma taking me to see Star Wars on it's release in 1977. I'll never forget my excitement and being awestruck at the special effects, the action and the excitement. Since then I've probably seen the trilogy countless times and I can even recite the dialogue of the script! Prior to Star Wars, I only had Doctor Who and Star Trek so when it came out it really was a big deal. The franchise has developed it's own expanded universe with explanations of the technology, alien species, characters, politics, planets etc. I would even suggest that it's genre is more mythology than science fiction. Yesterday I sat and watched Episode IV with my two girls. It was a little difficult trying to explain what The Force is to a 5 and a 6 year old but just like me when I was their age, they enjoyed it nonetheless.
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